Headteacher - Cowling Community Primary School 


Dear Applicant,

 Allow me to extend a warm welcome from all Governors, staff and children of Newby & Scalby Primary School and the Coast and Vale Learning Trust. I am delighted you have shown interest in joining us and I look forward to sharing with you what makes our school a very special place to work.

The vacancy has arisen as a result of the previous Headteacher becoming the Primary Executive Leader of the Coast and Vale Learning Trust and we are seeking to employ someone who can further develop outcomes within the school whilst enabling staff and students to thrive.

Our children are delightful, happy, confident and energetic.  They are passionate about their learning, be it in the classroom or through other areas of our curriculum such as outdoor experiences and work related to their personal, social and health education.

Over many years we have built a learning community that puts the whole child and their development, along with harnessing the skills of our staff, at our very heart.  You will be joining a school with low staff turnover and high staff retention and as Headteacher it will be your job to make sure that colleagues continue to be supported and challenged to be lifelong learners.

Staff tell is that working at Newby & Scalby is incredibly rewarding.  We have a well-deserved reputation across the area for placing huge importance on developing talent – and in many ways our ‘research school’ ethos has resulted in many staff developing their own, bespoke CPD package in addition to the school led offer.  We hope that the successful candidate will get an incredible buzz from seeing our children reach their full potential as a result of our focus on staff training and development.

This is an exciting time to join us.  As the founding primary member of the Coast and Vale Learning Trust (along with Scalby School) our team are working in partnership with our sister school Friarage Primary to share, learn and create a primary hub our area can be proud of.  Through our Trust we are able to access the support and resources from our Teaching School, which means as a staff member you have a wide range of colleagues, tools and resources to help you develop not just in our school, but beyond.

I hope that you will take the time to come and experience for yourself the warm and welcoming atmosphere which makes our vision a reality.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Grant Hopkins on 07971837589 or email grant.hopkins@northyorks.gov.uk. Grant has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

Visits to the Schools are invited, please contact Grant Hopkins to make arrangements.

On behalf of the governing body, Good luck with your application.  I look forward to reading it.

Louise Scott,

Chair of Governors

The Role


Newby and Scalby Primary School, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 

Post:  Headteacher 

Number on Roll: 420

Commencing:  September 2022

Salary:  L19 – L23 (Relocation package of up to £8,000 available) 

Contract Term: Permanent 

We are a friendly, welcoming, child-centred primary school, which is in the beautiful seaside resort of Scarborough, on the Yorkshire coast. The school works closely with their community and their core values are demonstrated on a daily basis.

 Our Opportunity 

This is a rewarding Headship; you will be able to lead our coastal school on the next stage of our journey and by incorporating a clear vision for the future development of our school, plan what that journey might look like.

It is an exciting opportunity for the new Headteacher who, as a dynamic, innovative, and experienced professional, will lead the school to become outstanding and to fully meet the needs of the community it serves in an ever-changing educational landscape.

Your remit will be to raise standards by developing the school, with an ability to effect change at pace and too work collaboratively with colleagues, in the school, across the school, and with the wider community.

Skills Required:

  • Experience across the appropriate age range
  • Thorough knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • Demonstrable experience of senior leadership in education

Key Competencies

  • Clarity of Vision
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusive education
  • Setting and achieving challenging goals
  • Skilful Communication according to audience
  • High expectations of self and others
  • Respect for others
  • Adhering to principles and values
  • Seeks organisational reflection

About You

To be successful, you must be able to demonstrate a proven record of accomplishment of working with children, have recent school leadership experience and be committed to providing the children with a high-quality education and environment.

You will: 

  • Be a committed leader with excellent interpersonal skills who can motivate and manage all stakeholders, effectively shaping and delivering the strategic plan.
  • Demonstrate superb leadership skills with ability to challenge robustly and constructively.
  • Be someone who recognises the importance of maintaining the school’s existing values while instilling their own leadership and identity.
  • Be an outstanding teaching practitioner able to set and achieve ambitious goals and continually seek to raise standards and promote our vision, values and aims in a way that is relevant and inspiring to all.
  • Be able to provide excellent and robust staff management.
  • Have progressive IT skills and a deep understanding of the significance and importance of consistent data monitoring.
  • Consider and shape how we can adapt our practices innovatively to promote and enhance the wellbeing of our staff team.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of young people, social, physical and emotional alongside educational needs, and ensure that the school provides a rounded provision to nurture them.
  • Show practical knowledge and experience in raising standards.
  • Be a strategic thinker able to plan long, medium and short term.
  • Be able to review our financial resources and look at how we invest in our school.
  • Have a continuing drive to reflect, learn and strive for positive development, for themselves, their staff team, the children and our school as a whole.
  • Be someone who is capable of and confident in making difficult decisions and ask challenging questions in order to seek the best possible outcome for our school as a whole.

We can offer you:

  • A happy, caring and supportive school, with well-behaved children who respect each other and have a passion for learning.
  • An excellent school location in a beautiful area
  • A Governing Body that is committed to providing support on all matters including more sensitive or difficult issues including the wellbeing of all staff members. They are experienced, committed and passionate about our school and wish to ensure our children reach their full potential.
  • Support from the parents, Trust and a dedicated staff team.
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love for learning and enriching opportunities.
  • Relocation assistance and competitive remuneration package through the Opportunity Area (OA)

If you feel ready to be our next Headteacher and you can bring your experience, enthusiasm, passion, commitment, and energy to deliver our vision for our wonderful children and motivated staff, we would love to hear from you.

For more information about this exciting opportunity and how to apply (and view the job description and Person spec) please visit our dedicated campaign site -

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Grant Hopkins on 07971837589 or email grant.hopkins@northyorks.gov.uk. Grant has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.


Visits to the Schools are invited: To arrange a school visit by appointment please contact Grant Hopkins on 07971837589 or grant.hopkins@northyorks.gov.uk

Key dates:

  • Application closing date: Midnight, Thursday 10th March 2022 (Please return all completed application forms to grant.hopkins@northyorks.gov.uk)
  • Shortlisting:  Tuesday 15th March 2022
  • Interviews: Wednesday 23rd March and Thursday 24th March 2022

When applying please take into account the following:

Job Description

Person Specification 

Supporting Information

The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification (see campaign site). This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.


When completing your application, please provide two employment references.


Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to undertaking an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.